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Meet the Kidney Supportive Care Research Group (KSCRG)

Dr. Sara Davison, Professor with the Department of Medicine

Dr. Sara Davison, MD, MHSc, FRCPC

Founder and Director

 

Sara Davison is a Professor, bioethicist and health outcomes researcher in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta.  She is a nephrologist with the Northern Alberta Renal Program and heads the Kidney Supportive/Palliative Care Initiatives.  Her passion and vision for reducing the suffering of patients living with advanced chronic kidney disease is the foundation for the Kidney Supportive Care Research Group.  Her research and clinical innovation is at the forefront of kidney supportive care internationally and she is recognized as a world leader in the area.  She acts as a consultant for establishing kidney supportive/palliative care programs and co-Chairs the Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) Supportive Care Group with the aim of developing international guidelines for kidney supportive care.

Her program of research focuses on the delivery of quality supportive care for patients with advanced kidney failure.  This includes issues such as symptom management; shared decision-making and advance care planning, prognostication and illness trajectories, and the development of clinical decision aids and care pathways such as the Conservative Kidney Management Pathway.

Chelsy George, Research Manager and Study Coordinator

Chelsy George, BSc

Research Manager and Study Coordinator

 

Chelsy is the Kidney Supportive Care Research Group's  Research Manager / Study Coordinator. She has a Bachelor’s of Science specializing in Psychology, and experience connecting with frail patients, managing operational activities, and completing regulatory requirements. She is also responsible for coordinating research studies, patient recruitment, survey administration and data entry.

Kristin Jennings, Conservative Management Practice Lease

Kirby Scott, MSc

Senior Project Manager

 

Kirby is the Kidney Supportive Care Research Group's Senior Project Manager. She has a Masters of Science, and experience with program development, stakeholder engagement, strategic planing and portfolio management. Kirby is focused on the Conservative Kidney Management Pathway project as it expands into primary healthcare and other areas of chronic illness.  She is passionate about advancing healthcare delivery through programs that optimize system performance and improve resource utilization and patient outcomes.

Betty Ann Waslysnuk, Kidney Supportive Care Clinical Nurse Educator

Betty Ann Wasylynuk, BScN, RN

Kidney Supportive Care Clinical Nurse Educator

 

Betty Ann is the Kidney Supportive Care Clinical Nurse Educator for the Northern Alberta Renal Program (NARP). She has helped develop and implement several supportive care initiatives throughout NARP,  is currently part of the Conservative Kidney Management team, and a member of the Kidney Supportive Care Research Group.  Betty Ann’s passion lies in the area of palliative care and advance care planning for patients with advanced chronic kidney disease and she has published several articles in this area.

Sarah Rathwell, MSc

Data Analyst

 

Sarah is the Kidney Supportive Care Research Group's Data Analyst. She holds bachelor's degrees in Anthropology and Statistics with a specialization in public health, and completed a Master of Science degree in Applied Statistics through the University of Guelph, with a specialization in survival analysis and statistical computing. Her research focuses on modeling the relationship between overall survival and progression-free survival in longitudinal data. Sarah is responsible for statistical support and analysis for the KSCRG's various research projects.

Beth Tupala, Research Nurse

Beth Tupula, BA, BScN, RN

Research Nurse

 

Beth is a Research Nurse for the Conservative Kidney Management project. She is a Registered Nurse with a background in palliative care. She works on palliative teams in acute care and homecare, and has held direct-care, consultant, and educator positions. Beth has developed best practice guidelines and worked on maintaining clinical competency in palliative homecare nursing practices. Beth specializes in pain and symptom management, end of life planning, discharge planning, and principles of palliative care.

Syed Hussain, BSc

Graduate Student

 

Syed is a Master’s of Science candidate under the supervision of Dr. Davison and the Kidney Supportive Care Research Group (KSCRG). He has a Bachelor’s of Science with a background in patient-oriented research and has previously worked at the Cross Cancer Institute to help develop a screening tool for the identification of medically-impaired drivers. Syed's current focus is on evaluating patients' and family caregivers' experience with the recently implemented provincial Conservative Kidney Management Pathway.

Alex Kwan

Research Assistant

 

Alex is a returning summer student under the supervision of Dr. Davison and the Kidney Supportive Care Research Group. He is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in pharmacy and is interested in pursuing a career in health policy and management. Over the summer Alex will be completing process mapping and patient flows to support the development of an integrated supportive care pathway. In 2017, he received the Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network (SCN) Summer Studentship Award to work on the Conservative Kidney Management project to evaluating patients’, family caregivers’ and healthcare professionals’ experiences with a web-based Patient Decision Aid (PDA) around the appropriate initiation of dialysis.

Past Kidney Supportive Care Research Group Trainees

Sonya Soh

2017 Summer Student

 

Sonya was a Summer Student for the Conservative Kidney Management project. She received the Northern Alberta Clinical Trials and Research Centre (NACTRC) Summer Student Award to evaluate patients’, family caregivers’ and healthcare professionals’ experiences with the Conservative Kidney Management Pathway. Sonya is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry with Honours and is working towards a career in medicine.

Interested in joining our team? Check out the available opportunities!

Vision: To help people enjoy life while living with advanced chronic kidney disease by becoming a world leader in kidney supportive care research and clinical innovation.

Kidney Supportive Care Research Group (KSCRG)  l  Mailing Address: 8-105 Clinical Sciences Building, University of Alberta, 11350 83 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB, T6G 2G3  l  Email: kscrg@ualberta.ca  l  Phone: (780) 492-0926 l  Fax: (780) 407-8117

Chelsy George, Research Manager and Study Coordinator
Kristin Jennings, Conservative Management Practice Lease
Betty Ann Waslysnuk, Kidney Supportive Care Clinical Nurse Educator

Alex is a returning summer student under the supervision of Dr. Davison and the Kidney Supportive Care Research Group. He is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in pharmacy and is interested in pursuing a career in health policy and management. Over the summer Alex will be completing process mapping and patient flows to support the development of an integrated supportive care pathway. In 2017, he received the Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network (SCN) Summer Studentship Award to work on the Conservative Kidney Management project to evaluating patients’, family caregivers’ and healthcare professionals’ experiences with a web-based Patient Decision Aid (PDA) around the appropriate initiation of dialysis.

Sonya was a Summer Student for the Conservative Kidney Management project. She received the Northern Alberta Clinical Trials and Research Centre (NACTRC) Summer Student Award to evaluate patients’, family caregivers’ and healthcare professionals’ experiences with the Conservative Kidney Management Pathway. Sonya is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry with Honours and is working towards a career in medicine.

Chelsy George, Research Manager and Study Coordinator
Kristin Jennings, Conservative Management Practice Lease
Betty Ann Waslysnuk, Kidney Supportive Care Clinical Nurse Educator
Chelsy George, Research Manager and Study Coordinator
Kristin Jennings, Conservative Management Practice Lease
Betty Ann Waslysnuk, Kidney Supportive Care Clinical Nurse Educator
Dr. Sara Davison, Professor with the Department of Medicine
Chelsy George, Research Manager and Study Coordinator
Kristin Jennings, Conservative Management Practice Lease
Betty Ann Waslysnuk, Kidney Supportive Care Clinical Nurse Educator
Beth Tupala, Research Nurse

Dr. Sara Davison, Professor with the Department of Medicine
Chelsy George, Research Manager and Study Coordinator
Kristin Jennings, Conservative Management Practice Lease
Betty Ann Waslysnuk, Kidney Supportive Care Clinical Nurse Educator
Beth Tupala, Research Nurse